For a person with an acne prone skin. Jumping from one product to another is a big NO NO! You might be, at some point somehow, got confused about the claims that this or that certain skincare products work well in combating acne. Having acne-prone skin, one wrong skincare ingredient, and tadah! Another breakout. We pretty much understand your dilemma, Queens! You are and will never be alone in your journey with your skin concern.

Non comedogenic the most overused term in the world of skincare. But have you taken some time to understand what this means? Have you tried taking into consideration why the skincare experts have long been emphasizing the importance of it to skincare products? Especially when you have an acne prone skin?

Non comedogenic came from the root word “comedone”, with which according to the U.S National Library of Medicine, are bumps that are raised on the surface of the skin. They are primarily caused by acne found in pores. Having said that, comedones are actually pimples. Comedogenic ingredients may referred to as pore-clogging ingredients which may actually lead to more breakouts.  Hmm so this explains why our skincare experts

kept on bombarding us with advice that for an acne prone skin should concentrate on looking for more skincare products labeled as non-comedogenic.

Being ingredient conscious is perhaps one of the greatest advice we could ever give to a person suffering to an acne prone skin. To save you from comedogenic ingredients hiding in your skincare products, we are listing down below skincare ingredients to watch out for in order to save yourself from possible unwanted breakouts.

OILS, OILS, OILS

Who would ever say no to potatoes? Potatoes gets better and better every time it undergoes evolution. From raw potato to mashed to our all-time favorite French fries! Why worry about going carb free because potatoes got you! Consider potatoes as your best option. For acne prone skin, Vitamin A found in potatoes are great source in reducing skin’s oil production and are best in treating acne. Potatoes contain an enzyme called ‘catecholase’ which helps to brighten skin and get rid of dark spots. You can even use potato juice to lessen the appearance of dark circles. Topical application of potatoes? Just make a potato juice and apply it on your face using your fingers. Leave it on before rinsing it with water.

Alcohols and Stearates

Yes, alcohols are pore-clogging ingredient. The use of alcohols in skincare products have long been controversial. Some alcohols may be non-toxic but can still cause irritation to a sensitive skin types. On the other note, stearates are also gaining attention as to the usage of it as an emulsifier in cosmetics industry with the primary function of preventing ingredients from separating once combined. Like alcohol, this ingredient are also said to be comedogenic. Look out for your skincare bottles, they are listed in the following descriptions: Hexadecyl Alcohol, Oleyl Alcohol, Socetyl alcohol, Isocetyl Stearate, Propylene glycol monostearate,Glyceryl-3-diisosteartate, Polyglyceryl-3-diisostearate, Octyl stearate.

Lanolins

First time seeing this term? Well then, Lanolin is a wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool bearing animals. Because of its conditioning properties it is most commonly used to thicken the face creams and other moisturizers. If you are a beauty enthusiast that wants to avoid animal products as much as possible, chances are you’ve heard and have knowledge about this already. Also considered to contain comedogenic properties. Lanolins are listed on the following description: Lanolin, Lanolin Oil, Acetylated lanolin, Acetylated lanolin alcohol, PEG 16 lanolin (Solulan 16)

Emollients and Emulsifiers  

Check on your moisturizers, that texture? It was mainly due to the texturizing ingredients used. They are so-called as emollients and emulsifiers. They play a vital role in cosmetics. But watch your beauty bottles closely. Some comedogenic emollients contains the following: Cocoa butter, Coconut butter, Oletch-3 phospate and Laureth-4. These ingredients are believed to be contributing to the causes of your breakouts. Make it a habit to check the labels, Queen!

Fatty Acid

Don’t get us wrong, Queens! Fatty acids are actually good for the skin. They pose abundant skin benefits. Not all, but some fatty acid found in skincare products may possibly result to clogging your pores. These are just a few fatty acids to watch out for in your beauty bottles: Lauric acid, Wheat germ glyceride, Stearic acid.

Thousands of readily available skincare products in the market. We are pretty much sure that you still have some fear that you might be picking up the wrong ones. We are giving you tips on how you can save yourself having comedogenic products in your beauty shelves. Take time to read on the following tips on how you can possibly shop for safe products for your skin.

Check the label

When shopping, take time to take a closer look on the label. These days, majority of the skincare products are all out on explicating that certain skincare product is actually. Non- comedogenic. Whether at the front or at the back of the packaging. Pretty sure manufacturers are incorporating it into their label.

Keep in mind the pore clogging ingredients

Remember these pore clogging ingredients by heart and it will save you tons. Consider the art of being conscious every now and then. At the end of the day, you only have one skin and it is going to represent you for a long time.

It takes time

Switching from comedogenic to non-comedogenic skincare won’t just happen overnight.  For acne prone skin, it is indeed highly advisable. Start baby steps, Queens! Prioritize the products you are using for areas where you breakout most. Do patch test as always, of course. This may be a long journey, Queen but we’d love to be with you along the way.

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